7th February 2018, 12:59
JORDAN ANDRADE READY TO SEIZE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
Trialist Jordan Andrade insists "his time is now" and is eager to prove he has what it takes to become an integral member of John Kear's squad for the upcoming 2018 campaign.
The Huddersfield-born forward made his debut in the Transatlantic Trophy clash with Toronto Wolfpack, where he gained plaudits for a workmanlike performance.
Keighley Cougars provide the next opportunity for the 25-year-old to showcase his no-nonsense, tough running style under the watchful eye of Kear in the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy this Sunday.
And having hailed the behind-the-scenes set-up as the ‘best he’s ever worked in’, the Jamaican international is keen to make the most of his time in the Red, Amber and Black jersey and secure himself a place in this year’s roster.
“I am eager to show this year is my year and that I can move forward as the club targets promotion back to the Betfred Championship,” said Andrade.
“The Toronto game was a tough challenge but one I enjoyed, in time my fitness will improve so all I could do was go out there and give it my all.
“I took some confidence from how I played, hopefully against Keighley I can further show John (Kear) what I am about as a player.
“I have been at a few clubs, but this is the best set up I have ever worked in and that will only help me improve in the future.
“To get the nod would be amazing but I need a bit of luck and to earn my place in the squad, but that is down to me to prove I have what it takes.”
Over 2,400 supporters attended the inaugural Transatlantic Trophy fixture last month to leave a lasting impression on Huddersfield-born Andrade.
The forward knows all too well the power of the Bradford Bulls fan base having spent time on the terraces as a youngster and having seen over 200 people attend the 2018 Season Launch dinner, Andrade has hailed the continued loyalty and backing of the supporters as they join the push for promotion this season.
“To see so many Bradford fans against Toronto on a freezing, cold Friday night speaks volumes about their loyalty and dedication,” said the forward.
“Despite us starting in a lower league, they are really buying into what we are trying to do as a club and that means a lot to us as players.
“They know where we belong and I am looking forward to another opportunity to play in front of them against the Cougars on Sunday.”
John Kear’s Bradford Bulls welcome Keighley Cougars to the Provident Stadium for the Joe Phillips Memorial Trophy, this Sunday (Kick-off: 3.00pm). Tickets for the final pre-season clash are available in the Club Shop, or online – by clicking HERE.
Adult tickets (Ages 16-64) for the Provident Stand are priced at £15, with Concessions (Ages 65+) priced at just £10, £5 for Juniors (Ages 5-15), with Under-5s free.